Corey Brock reports that the Padres have designated 37-year-old Cody Ransom for assignment. In 11 trips to the plate, Ransom went hitless with five strikeouts.
Ransom had never logged more than 87 plate appearances in a single season at the Major League level until last year, when he hit .220 with a .722 OPS in 282 PA with the Diamondbacks and Brewers.
In a corresponding move, the Padres have recalled Thad Weber from Triple-A Tuscon.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Dodgers are “increasingly likely” to land Manny Machado. He says that other teams who have been linked to Machado — including the Phillies and Brewers — believe that that’s what was going to happen.
Against that backdrop a couple of Dodgers players at the All-Star Game — Matt Kemp and Ross Stripling — made comments this afternoon suggesting that, yeah, they thought Machado was coming their way too, even if there was no specific inside information on their part.
As I wrote earlier today, it sounds like this is a done deal and everyone is just waiting for the All-Star Game to be over to announce it.